Why veteran teacher is leaving: Testing mandates ‘damage our schools’ (Commentary)

2016-06-23-Lyncourt crop.jpg Karyn Dieffenderfer, top left, is pictured with her first-grade class at Lyncourt School on the last day of classes Thursday, June 23, 2016. Standing next to her, from left: Hailey Jacobs, Jonathan Roper, Xavier Bell, Justin Gaskins and Michael Marano. Second row, from left: Ella Waldby, Toni Cosco, Sierra Sparkman, Charles Reyes and Mena Rodoi. Front row, from left: Absick Pokhrel, Mary Twe, Naomi Thang, Erik Allen. Class members missing from the photo: Jaz Cochran, Jayden Sherman. (Provided photo) Karyn Dieffenderfer, of Liverpool, is retiring Friday (June 24) from the Lyncourt School District after 38 years of teaching. Dieffenderfer taught fifth-graders for six years and first-graders for “the best 32 years” of her life. She also served in a number of union positions, most recently as co-president of…


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